Friday, January 8, 2010

My New Year's Policy

All right, a lot of people have laughed at me for this, but my policy on wishing people "Happy New Year!" is to NOT do it...until we are one week into the new year. Today makes an official week-7 calendar days, folks-into 2010.

TODAY is the day I will make my resolutions. I have had a week to spend reflecting on last year, instead of making the same old resolutions that get made-and broken-every year before this. You know the ones I'm talking about...

"I'm going to lose this weight for good this year...I'll start right after this ______" the blank usually being something greasy, or frozen, or gooey, and if you had a lapse in judgement like I did on a family trip to the Texas Fair and had a Deep-Fried Frozen Snickers bar...well, all of the above!

I learned, probably about five years ago now...yeah, 2005 it was...that I have to make my resolutions reflect my priorities. If losing 10 pounds is a "must do" for you, then make it a resolution...if you have a stunning event you need to look fabulous for, or your 10 year high school reunion is coming up (mine was last year, I didn't go...) and you want to set everyone on their heels because you were the picked on one who become a fashion model, or the nerd who ended up developing Sun Microsystems and is giving Microsoft a run for their the way, if you're think "Sun Microsystems? Who are they?" Well, they developed Java, which runs SO many things it would take me a lot more time to list...lets just say if you have one of those neat cell phones that you can surf the web on and play super-high quality games, yeah, Java's the reason, I know Java because I practically live on Club Pogo at -
anyhow, back to my original Toy Train of thought

The basic is this: if you don't really mind that extra 10 pounds, then don't make a resolution to lose it. If you DO miss playing with your kids, resolve to spend at least 15 minutes, a half-hour or longer would be better, and do what they want to hubby is NOT a video games kind of person...BUT I am getting a Wii for my birthday...because at my Christmas Eve doctor's appointment my weight was 224.6 pounds. I used to be a dancer (no, not THAT kind of dancer)...I used to be an equestrienne-we had to give up our horse because we couldn't afford to keep her, but I weighed too much for her, she was 25 yrs old, and I felt miserable...I used to play sports, now I'm lucky to be able to play catch with the kids in the dooryard for an hour without a break every ten minutes. I want to coach on the local youth sports program. I want to help with the gymnastics program...and so, for me, this year's resolutions list was ALL about making healthy lifestyle choices and losing the weight...will I lose 100 pounds in 12 months? highly doubtful. It would be amazing if I did, and that's only 8.33 pounds a month, or a little over two pounds a week. I am sure I can do it, but I am not going to set myself up for failure. This is all new to me. I am working with a nutritionist. I am in a local support group called Weigh To Go. I joined the Move More program. I am actually reading labels, I've learned portion control...a whole new blog entry on that in a bit...I can do this...I WILL do this...

Happy New Year, everybody!

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